Charlestown Township
Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC)
Great Valley High School Library
Minutes of Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Minutes were recorded for the meeting on February 12th, 2020 at the Great Valley Middle School, 225 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, PA 19355. Meeting was held from 6:06 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Attendees were Pete Goodman (Chair), Carol Armstrong (Vice Chair), Veda Maany (Secretary), Greg Nespoor, Richard Findlay, Daniel Walker, and Meg Solomon

The meeting was opened at 6:06 pm.Minutes were approved on a motion by Armstrong, seconded by Nespoor and were approved unanimously.

Upcoming talks/seminars:

EAC network conference on May 2nd

March 14th Goodman will be presenting at the Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s Watershed Congress.

Charlestown day – September 26th 2020.

Riparian buffer summit March 11 and 12th

New Business

Parks and Rec– township owned property. Goodman was contacted by the South Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited who are interested in doing plantings in the Pickering watershed. We discussed some areas that may be appropriate for their proposed project – we should inventory what specific township land assets are available for such projects in the future. Linda may have list of township-owned properties. We will come up with a list and then approach Parks and Rec for their input.

Environmental blog updates: Solomon will use her discretion to update us about legislative updates.

Green Business Award: Armstrong and Findlay have drafted a letter to mail out to a small number of businesses as first step. Plan is to send a letter personally addressed and follow-up with a phone call.

No update on Soundwalls– still working on sound ordinance.

Adelphia pipeline: One township and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network have petitioned FERC for a rehearing of the issued certificate. No updates for Charlestown township.

Riparian buffer project: Pigeon Run on Brightside Farm Park - Goodman designed a rough copy of a sign-post announcing project and sponsors. Goodman will obtain an inventory of what trees have been planted. We want to label the trees. Future plantings on other sections would need a new proposal to the BoS. Consult with Vicki Laubach about how we would go about mowing around trees and maintaining the vines (mile a minute).

Goodman reports we did not get the PECO grant. The Chester county conservation district grant still pending.

We discussed upcoming annual roadside litter clean-up on Saturday April 18th (rain date April 25th). What roads to target - Church Road closer to Pikeland, Hollow Road, Howell Road, Cold Stream? Maany will try to elicit enthusiasm from

We discussed the community presentation takeaways. Armstrong will submit a summary along with pictures for next newsletter. April 15th due date.

Discussed next community series presentation – future topic: Findlay will arrange a speaker regarding education on trees– should we aim for May 5th, 11th back up May 19th. Check with Linda for room availability.

Charlestown riparian buffer ordinances and consistency with State Code: Goodman and Armstrong consulted with Theurkauf who recommends just focusing on improving riparian buffer rather than broader topics. His input suggests to focus on enhancements – focusing on exceptional value and high-quality streams and strengthen our ordinance. Next meeting Goodman and Armstrong will present his program to EAC. The goal is to make the ordinance clear from the beginning for any future projects and permit proposals.

Volunteer list: volunteer list is updated after this last presentation. - Solomon will test it out by emailing a “save the date”. Goodman notes on our website on the main page– the link to our committee is mislabeled as “council”. We should put the mission statement on our page. This should be a main agenda item for or next meeting; to approve our mission statement and content.

April15th deadline for next newsletter- think about articles to write.

DCNR pollinator program is in limbo per Armstrong

Chester County Water Resource Authority- comments were made.

Meeting adjourned at 8 pm.